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Tuesday, 17 September 2013

17 September 2013. OCA Makes Big Deal Over “Assembly of Canonical Orthodox Bishops of North and Central America”… IMPORTANT Issues Left Silent… I Wonder Why

01 smoke and mirrors

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On oca.org, they made a big deal over a so-called “Assembly of Canonical Orthodox Bishops of North and Central America”. This is nothing but an EP-sponsored talk-shop. It generates tons of wind, issues pretty position papers, and does nothing of practical import, save for publishing a pretty group photo. It does serve one purpose… it’s a venue where the contestants in the EP/MP Great Game can meet and palaver… it’s much like a Cold War Summit in that regard. In short, it’s not important at all… but do note that oca.org made it sound like it was such… in a pathetic attempt to pump up the shaky position of the OCA.

Note how oca.org pumped up an EP-financed-and-run centre at ChambésyGenève and a so-called “Fourth Pre-Conciliar Pan-Orthodox Conference” (mistranslated into English, since we’re of Russian background, it should be “Fourth Pre-Conciliar all-Orthodox Conference”; we shouldn’t be pandering by using constructions derived from Greek). Firstly, the EP centre at Chambésy is inactive, shuttered for four years, as the Greek government defunded it. That was its major source of funds, so, the centre closed down for all practical purposes (it’s formally-open, but there’s been no conferences since 2010). You can see where oca.org is sucking up to the EP… if they were loyal to the MP, they’d point up the fact that centre was a dead duck and a sham.

Secondly, the so-called Fourth Pre-Conciliar all-Orthodox Conference was phoney baloney. These conferences have been going on since the ‘60s with no practical result whatsoever. There’s going to be NO Eighth Council any time soon… there’s no one to call it! The Roman Emperor called all of the Seven Councils; today, there’s no Christian Emperor to call the council, ergo, there can be no Council. The Ecumenical Patriarch has NEVER had the ability to call Ecumenical Councils; he’s NOT the “Orthodox Pope”. In short, there’s not going to be an Eighth Council any time soon (or any time later), so, one can see that’s nothing but SVS wind and bullshit, 100 percent pure, straight from the Ivory Tower.

Thirdly, there’s going to be NO resolution of the canonical situation in the diaspora. Besides the EP, Antioch, Alexandria, Jerusalem, Cyprus, Greece, Albania, and Romania all share a common position… they don’t accept the legitimacy of the OCA as an autocephalous Local Church, they see the OCA as the Russian Orthodox Greek Catholic Church of North America… they don’t accept it as being the Territorial Church at all (neither does the MP, as it’s never given up its claim to North America as its canonical territory). The OCA is the odd man out, everyone knows it, and do note that the service for this so-called “Assembly” was at the ROCOR cathedral.

Lil’ Mizz Ginny isn’t a good spin doctor. She attempted to spin it… but you can see her laziness. The post sounds like an EP press release; she didn’t even rewrite it to make it look like it came from Syosset. The OCA should fire her… but they won’t, they’re sucking up to the konvertsy for some odd reason (probably, they’re the only group that attends to the noxious treacle that issues from SVS).

Crazy world, ain’t it? It hasn’t gotten any saner in the last 24 (nor is it going to in the next 24). Do note that there wasn’t any mention of the Syrian Golgotha in the post (nor in any other on oca.org). Our brethren are dying, killed by American government-supported militant fighters, but our Church here is silent. That’s EVIL… none dare call it treason and blasphemy (although it’s both, in spades).

Remember Ma’loula… the OCA doesn’t, take heed of that fact (and DO follow the money)…

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Saturday, 14 September 2013

Russian Christians Dig Deep to Help Syrians

00 Syrian refugee children. 14.09.13

Refugee kids… oca.org’s silence helps the gunmen, not them… tells you a lot about the USA‘s priorities, doesn’t it? Why didn’t the OCA report on and support the MP aid drive? Does supporting the American Right mean so much to them?

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For the most part, ordinary Russians are opposed to military action in Syria. However, that doesn’t mean that they’re indifferent to the plight of people there, as believers throughout Russia collected money to send to troubled Syria. In the past few months, Russian believers raised 1.3 million USD (42.2 million Roubles. 1.4 million AUD. 1.35 million CAD. 980,000 Euros. 820,000 UK Pounds) for Syrian aid. The money goes directly to the Greek Orthodox Church of Antioch and all the East, which uses the funds to purchase necessities such as food, clothes, and bedding. The fund drive started in June, when Patriarch Kirill Gundyaev of Moscow and all the Russias called upon Russian believers to donate what they could. Since then, donors as far removed as Vladivostok and Murmansk gave generously to the Syrian aid campaign.

Vasili Rulinsky from the MP Department of Church Charity and Social Service said, “It all started when a message from Patriarch Kirill was read publicly in all Orthodox parishes in Russia on 25 June 2013. In this message, the Patriarch described the situation in Syria, told the needs of the people there, and called on all to show concern for the suffering of our brothers, to give in order to help our brethren in Syria and to help Syrian refugees in other Middle Eastern countries. There’s a need for humanitarian aid… food, personal care items, in fact, everything is needed on the ground. The Greek Orthodox Church of Antioch in Damascus asked us to send financial aid, as it’s very difficult to send humanitarian aid from Russia to Syria, as there are all sorts of bureaucratic and customs problems. Therefore, we decided to send money”.

Rulinsky noted that the Syrian conflict deeply moved Russians, saying, “People said that they were ready to donate even before the Patriarch’s message. Indeed, the tragedy of the Syrian people touched many people’s hearts. Many people in Russia are concerned about foreign troubles and those affected by them. Therefore, I think that the Patriarch’s message served as a very important catalyst for all those eager to help others, regardless of where they are, even if they were quite far away. I think that many people were ready to help anyway, but the Patriarchal message played a very important role in helping us collect such a significant sum”.

Fr Aleksandr Diaghilev, whose parish is just outside St Petersburg, helped in the fund drive. Fr Aleksandr used the Bible to explain to his parishioners why they should help the victims of the Syrian Civil War. He said, “I told them that St Paul collected money for the Christians in Jerusalem. He collected money in Corinth, although Corinth was in far-off Greece, quite distant from Palestine. I gave people the same reason now… probably, you don’t know these people in Syria, but these are our suffering brothers and sisters”. Fr Aleksandr said that Russia’s experience of war mean that Russians are very familiar with the suffering of those living through conflict, noting, “We passed through great persecutions and World War II not so many years ago, so, many of us remember what that was like, our parents remember how it was. So, we feel that we have to help those who’re suffering nowadays”.

Fr Aleksandr raised funds for other causes abroad before, such as the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear disaster in 2011. He said, “At that time, some people came to me and said, ‘We have too many problems in Russia; why should we collect money for Japan, which isn’t a poor country?’ I explained that, maybe, Japan would survive, and that they’d find money to restore everything, but people need help right now. That’s why we need to support them right now. Later, maybe, the government would organise something, and so on. Now, it’s the same situation with Syria, but today the people are ready, so it’s usual for me to suggest they take part in donating [money]”. Fr Aleksandr and Rulinsky said that a further campaign for Syrian aid in Russia in future might be in the cards.

13 September 2013

Alice Lagnado

Voice of Russia World Service

http://voiceofrussia.com/2013_09_13/Russian-Christians-dig-deep-to-help-Syrians-6763/

Editor’s Note:

I looked at oca.org… why didn’t it surprise me to find NO MENTION AT ALL of the Syrian fund drive, indeed, no mention of the Syrian crisis at all (I looked at all news items from 25 June 2013 onward). It’s no secret that certain elements in the OCA (especially, the konvertsy brats) are in cahoots with neocon warmongers, because they’re “Pro-Life”, dontcha know! For instance, Tikhon Mollard invited one US Representative Chris Smith (R-NJ), a Russophobic supporter of Humanitarian Interventionism and American Exceptionalism, to his installation. Mr Smith is an extremist RC who supports the Unia and all its works, a reliable voter for war, and a rapacious minion of the Affluent Effluent… but he’s “Pro-Life” and a “social conservative”. Besides this, which is bad enough in itself, Lyonyo Kishkovsky is a member of the CFR, a well-known Establishment stink-tank that supports aggression throughout the world (ADS was a member, too… a Schmemann grand-daughter works there now).

In short, elements in the OCA are in bed with those who’re the indubitable opponents of our brethren in the Orthosphere. Mostly, they excuse it by saying that these sorts are “Pro-Life”… that has to end. We have a choice to make… shall we stand with our confrères when they’re under American attack, or, do we stand with the ravening attackers of the Orthosphere because they’re “Pro-Life?” Things aren’t so black-and-white, are they? Let’s not forget that the konvertsy are addicted to simplistic formulae; they’re voracious gobblers of uninformed drivel, especially that emanating from the American Hard Right.

I’ve made my decision. Remember Ma’loula (oca.org was silent on this enormity)… the very stones cry out at the perfidy of Mollard, Lyonyo, Potapov, Webster, and Dreher, et al… look at the spilt Christian blood, then, decide.

BMD

Monday, 9 September 2013

9 September 2013. CNN and the Neocon/Interventionist Pigs SILENT on Ma’loula Enormities

00 THIS is what the USA wants in Syria. 09.09

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CNN blatted away in the breakroom today at work. There was NOT ONE WORD SPOKEN on the Golgotha of Syrian Christians. It was “Go to hell, go directly to hell, and don’t bother us, for you don’t matter in our New World Order”. This is an outrage. No one’s standing up for Syrian Christians and Alawis in Washington. NO ONE. There’s much posturing, and much self-righteous indignation about a supposed “chemical attack” that’s not even confirmed, but the actual killing of Christians, Alawis, and Shiites, and the torching of their homes, businesses, and houses of worship doesn’t even merit a footnote. If anything is EVIL, this is evil. It’s an absolute inversion of reality; it’s the substitution of a dream world for the real world. These people are the enemies of everything decent and honourable… they may be well-spoken… they may be well-groomed… they may be “nice” and have all the right “credentials”, but they’re evil to the bone and false to the core. They’re poster children for Hannah Arendt‘s concept of the Banality of Evil… they’re modern-day Eichmanns (who wasn’t a “monster” at all… he was a faceless dweeb). They drool with pleasure at their “indignation”… you see, they’re so much “better” than we hoi polloi, dontcha know.  They shudder over what may be nothing but a manufactured provocation, but they’re silent on the actual murders and rapine in Ma’loula. NOT ONE WORD was said about Ma’loula. NOTHING. If that doesn’t tell you that the American political class (both Republicans and Democrats) is in league with evil and corrupt to the bone, I don’t know what to say to you.

NO WAR IN SYRIA… that’s the beginning and end of it all.

As for we Orthodox people, I’d say that the konvertsy have a choice to make. Shall they stand with us ethnic Orthodox, who’re 100 percent behind our Syrian co-religionists, or, shall they stand with the American neocons/interventionists? If they don’t want to be part of us… hey, that’s OK, but if you’re not going to stand and be counted when one of the family is being threatened and beaten by the self-righteous American neo-Puritans, leave us. That’s honest, at least. Russians, Serbs, Greeks, Romanians, Bulgarians, Carpatho-Russians, Belarusians, you name ’em, we’re all behind Syria. The Amerikantsy will have to decide whether they’re going to make a real home with us, or, whether they’re going to spin off into irrelevancy. I don’t hold out much hope… placard waving never did much good… shall they come to understand that? Only time will tell us…

BMD

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